Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out a permanent move for Israeli international Yossi Benayoun.

The Chelsea playmaker moved to the Emirates Stadium on deadline day in a season-long loan deal, and has since revealed he turned down a number of clubs to join the Gunners.

After making an impressive debut against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night, questions are already being asked about the possible long-term credentials of Benayoun at Arsenal, and whilst Wenger didn't give too much away, he wouldn't rule out the move.

"It is too early to say now," the Arsenal boss first replied when asked about if he wanted to sign the player next summer.

But, when asked if he would therefore rule out move, the Frenchman's reply was simply 'no'.

Benayoun joined Chelsea in 2010 in a reported £5.5 million deal from Liverpool, although found first team opportunities limited under Carlo Ancelotti, largely down to a ruptured achilles injury suffered back in September.

Following the arrival of Andre Villas-Boas, the 31-year-old was made aware that he would be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge were the Blues able to secure the signing of another midfielder, and the arrival of Raul Meireles opened the Chelsea exit door.


After revealing that his decision to join the Gunners was a simple one to make, Benayoun instantly set about building a partnership with fellow Arsenal newcomer Mikel Arteta in the Champions League.

The pair appeared to work well together, and the future is beginning to look bright at the Emirates for both player and supporters.

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